CDS Gen Bipin Rawat, wife and 11 others eliminated in helicopter crash near Coonoor


New Delhi: Gen Bipin Rawat, India’s first Chief of Defence Personnel, his spouse Madhulika and 11 other militaries personnel died on Wednesday after the military helicopter they were travelling in crashed near Coonoor in Tamil Nadu, the Indian Flying force said.

The only survivor, Group Captain Varun Singh, is currently under treatment at a military healthcare facility in Wellington, it stated.

The Chief of Defence Personnel had actually left the Palam airbase in an IAF Embraer aircraft at 8:47 am and landed at Sulur airbase at 11:34 am. He took off from Sulur in a Mi-17V5 chopper at around 1148 am for Wellington, main sources said.

The chopper crashed around 12.22 pm, they said.

Rawat had actually survived a helicopter crash six years earlier, in 2015, when he was a Lt General.

The Chief of Defence Staff was set up to deliver a lecture at Defence Providers Personnel College in Wellington.

Those killed in the crash consisted of Brig LS Lidder, the military advisor to the Chief of Defence Personnel, and personnel officer Lt Col Harjinder Singh.

The other workers eliminated are Wing Leader PS Chauhan, Squadron Leader K Singh, JWO Das, JWO Pradeep A, Havildar Satpal, Naik Gursewak Singh, Naik Jitender Kumar, Lance Naik Vivek Kumar and Lance Naik Sai Teja.

The Prime Minister-led Cabinet Committee of Security fulfilled at night and paid glowing tributes to Gen Rawat, it is discovered.

It is not instantly understood whether the federal government will appoint a new Chief of Defence Personnel soon.

The mortal remains of Gen Rawat and his spouse are likely to get here in the national capital on Thursday evening and their cremation will occur on Friday in Delhi Cantonment, officials said.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh stated he was “deeply anguished” by the sudden demise Gen Bipin Rawat, his wife and 11 others in an “very regrettable helicopter” accident in Tamil Nadu.

“Gen Bipin Rawat, Chief of Defence Personnel (CDS) was on a check out to Defence Provider Staff College, Wellington (Nilgiri Hills) to resolve the faculty and student officers of the Personnel Course today,” the IAF said in a statement.

“With deep remorse, it has now been determined that Gen Bipin Rawat, Mrs Madhulika Rawat and 11 other individuals on board have actually passed away in the regrettable mishap,” it said.

The IAF had actually confirmed about the mishap around 2 pm, stating the Mi-17V5 helicopter with Gen Rawat on board fulfilled with an accident near Coonoor.

It has already bought a Query to establish the reason for the mishap.

As Chief of Defence Staff, Gen Rawat was managing the implementation of an enthusiastic tri-services modernisation plan to bring synergy among the armed forces and improve their overall combat abilities.

“My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their liked ones in this accident. Wishing the speedy recovery of Gp Capt Varun Singh, who is presently under treatment at the Armed force Hospital, Wellington,” Singh tweeted.

“General Rawat had served the nation with remarkable courage and diligence. As the very first Chief of Defence Personnel he had actually prepared plans for jointness of our Armed Forces,” he said.

Gen Rawat had served as the Chief of the Indian Army from December 17, 2016, to December 31, 2019.

He was appointed as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff on December 31, 2019.

Army Chief Gen MM Naravane and all ranks of the force paid sincere acknowledgements on the untimely death of Ge Rawat his spouse and 11 others.

“The dynamic and motivating management of General Bipin Rawat shall remain permanently etched in our memories. The #IndianArmedForces will forever remain indebted to his invaluable contributions,” the army tweeted.

Gen Rawat’s better half Madhulika was working as the president of the Defence Other Halves Well-being Association (DWWA).

Released at Wed, 08 Dec 2021 12:29:44 -0600